American Public University System: Ranking & Review

Charles Town
United States
Top 14%

American Public University System Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Enrolled total (including graduate students)46,42029,11417,306

46,420 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

46,420 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

It’s free to apply for both undergraduates and graduates.

American Public University System has an open admission policy (non-competitive). The only requirement is a certificate of attendance or a highschool diploma or a General Educational Development certificate.

American Public University System Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies and other expenses per full academic year.

American Public University System does not provide on-campus housing.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates$6,480$6,480
Fees for full-time undergraduates$400$400
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates$270$270
Tuition for Full-time graduates$6,300$6,300
Fees for full-time graduates$300$300
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates$350$350

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster'sTotal
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services4241,3868992,709
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2581,1934071,858
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1,080107281,215
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services187542108837
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies32385340757
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies332200532
Health Professions and Related Programs26016551476
Social Sciences288144432
Natural Resources and Conservation2026891379
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences145144289
Legal Professions and Studies549140185
Public Administration and Social Service Professions127127
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields6514299
English Language and Literature & Letters7979
Philosophy and Religious Studies5353
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences331851
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2626
Mathematics and Statistics1414
Transportation and Materials Moving
Grand Total2,5665,5422,97711,085

A total of 8,108 2-year associate's and 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at American Public University System.

At the master's level 2,977 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

Graduation rate41%42%41%
  • Full-time retention rate - 93%
  • Part-time retention rate - 87%

General info

Alternative namesAmerican Military University
American Public University
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Mission StatementThe mission of American Public University System is to provide high quality higher education with emphasis on educating the nation's military and public service communities by offering respected, relevant, accessible, affordable, and student-focused online programs that prepare students for service and leadership in a diverse, global society.
Academic CalendarOther academic year
Total FTE staff1,814
Instructional FTE908
Sector of institutionPrivate for-profit, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPrivate for-profit
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Address111 W Congress St
Charles Town, West Virginia, 25414
United States
Urbanization levelTown: Fringe
City population24,000